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SpaceX Successfully Lands Rocket

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri May 6, 2016 8:06 pm via: VOA News
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SpaceX has once again successfully landed a booster rocket on an ocean platform.  The feat was accomplished after the rocket deployed a Japanese communication satellite into orbit.

The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket landed early Friday on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeastern U.S. coast of Florida.

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle carrying the JCSAT-14 satellite to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Liftoff of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle carrying the JCSAT-14 satellite to Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

Last month, internet entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX successfully landed a used booster rocket after it launched a unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station.

SpaceX is striving to perfect the technique of landing the booster rockets, making them as reusable as aircraft rather than dumping the expensive equipment into the ocean after each launch.

Screen shot of the Falcon 9 first stage landing on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

Screen shot of the Falcon 9 first stage landing on SpaceX's Of Course I Still Love You drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

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